Gay marriage and the downfall of mankind
June 10, 2006
To the editor:

This week I watched the Senate debate what was called by some, the most important issue facing Americans today, amending our Constitution so gays will never be able to marry and heard Red State senator after senator asserting their beliefs that gay marriage will be the downfall of mankind. So it is to the Red State lawmakers that I have written this letter:

Dear Red State Senator,

As I sit here listening to you opine about “traditional family values” and the importance of keeping marriage between a man and woman I had to wonder where you stand on divorce, infant mortality rate, education, and teen pregnancy? Is your mind so narrow that you would place gay marriage above all those? I think maybe you should clean up your own front yards before you go worrying about what some blue states may be doing.

Are you really more concerned about gay marriage than the divorce rate in your own state? Nine of the top ten states with the highest divorce rate belong to you. Seven of these states are bright crimson giving Bush some of the highest elections results: Idaho, Wyoming, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Arkansas and West Virginia. Do you really think that a monogamous gay couple living together all their adult lives raising children would be less likely to raise good kids then couples who repeatedly divorce and remarry?

What about teen pregnancy, where do you stand on that? All of the top 10 states with the highest rate of teen pregnancy are red states; is this less important than gay marriage?

Where do you stand on infant mortality rates? Apparently it lies at the bottom of the barrel of your concerns. Nine of the top 10 states for highest infant mortality are red states with Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, South Carolina, West Virginia, Alabama and Georgia being the leaders.

And then we come to education and we have all those latte drinking, Birkenstock wearing, liberal blue staters with nine of the top ten states who have the most people with college degrees. You know that wicked, evil state that allowed gay marriage; the one John Kerry, Teddy Kennedy and all those tree hugging liberals are from. Now what is its name? Oh yes, Massachusetts, and it is the most educated state in America.

As a matter of fact Massachusetts has the lowest divorce rate in all of America, ranks no. 48 in infant mortality and 49 in teen pregnancy. Hmm, I wonder what that says about our society. Maybe you red state Senators should ask John Kerry and Teddy Kennedy how they do it!

Sondra Snapp
St. Joseph, MO

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